From Phoenix Online Studios, the acclaimed developer behind The Silver Lining, Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller is a four part episodic game, engrossing narrative with truly evocative atmosphere. This chilling point-and-click adventure is a thought-provoking mystery following Erica Reed, a Boston-based FBI agent, haunted by the unsolved case of a serial killer who took her brother’s life. Taking a turn for the strange, Erica investigates her mystery with the help of her post-cognition abilities – seeing an object’s past with a touch. What unravels is a much greater, much more complex and enigmatic thriller, as it becomes clear that someone knows Erica’s secrets.

  • Engrossing, Episodic Narrative – As a fully narrative-driven game, Erica’s story is rife with intrigue and suspense over four episodes of thrilling mystery. Supported by voiced narration, this story is truly engaging.
  • Fully-Realized Characters – A very talented cast of voice actors rounds out the diverse characters with complex motivations. Each new character makes the game that much more dynamic.
  • Mind-Bending Challenges – This game is easy to pick up and play, but it certainly doesn’t skimp out on the challenging aspects of puzzling. Uncovering clues and putting pieces together make for a trial of one’s intuition and savvy.
  • Stunning Art – The breathtaking, hand-drawn art evokes the mood of the narrative. Intrinsic to the atmosphere of the game, dark hues paint gruesome scenes vividly.
  • All-Star Dev Team – Developed by a true indie “dream team,” the lineup includes comics artist Romano Molenaar and renowned designer Jane Jensen (Gabriel Knight, Gray Matter) lending her expertise to the story.
  • Your Choices Matter – Each episode features branching paths, different ways to be complete and solve key puzzles, ensuring different paths for Erica to take to solve the mystery.
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4 comments by POStudios on May 10th, 2013

On Thursday May 16th, Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller continues in Episode 3: The Oracle! In this episode, you won’t just be playing as Erica, but also as the killer who’s been playing games with her. Meaning we’ll finally know the answer to one big question: Who is the killer?

Plus! Join us on May 16th at 11 AM PST/2 PM EST for a launch day livestream! We’ll be on Google Hangout, taking your questions, talking about Episode 3, and doing some exclusive giveaways at our YouTube channel. Just go to to and hangout with us!

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asheskitty Mar 9 2013, 7:49pm says:

The mac version is a 0 byte zip file (Ep1). I'm looking forward to playing this on my mac. Can you please upload the mac build to desura. TIA (Also the Debut Bundle account page has the same issue.)

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POStudios Mar 11 2013, 8:31am replied:

This is Strange, the Mac version has been up for over a month without issues. What Browser and Antivirus are you using?

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asheskitty Mar 11 2013, 12:49pm replied:

Thanks! It's fixed now. Working from Chrome and Firefox on Mac.

Yesterday I was unable to download the mac version from Firefox (Mac, no AV) and Chrome (PC, Microsoft Essentials AV).

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seantastic Mar 11 2013, 10:06am replied:

I was having this issue as well using Chrome (Version 25.0.1364.160) and no antivirus software. Based on your question I tried using Safari and it started downloading normally. I'm relatively new to Desura but other games I downloaded in Chome downloaded with no issues.

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KidIcarus Mar 10 2013, 12:13pm replied:

I'm having this issue with the Debut Bundle as well. 0k file being downloaded from Desura. Would really love to play this.

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POStudios Creator
POStudios Mar 11 2013, 8:32am replied:

Hi, KidIcarus, we're currently trying to fix this issue, could you tell us what browser and what Antivirus you're using?

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Zozio Mar 3 2013, 12:02pm says:

hello gamers !

Can we have an offer like a bundle episode1+episode2 ?
Please desura thanks..

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POStudios Creator
POStudios Mar 5 2013, 3:13pm replied:

Hi, Zozio

I'm afraid we don't have an Episode 1+2 bundle in the works right now, but you can buy the Season Pass from our website and then redeem your purchase towards acquiring a Desura key for each episode.

You can purchase the Season Pass here:

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edea Feb 19 2013, 8:37pm says:

Hi, do you plan to add Spanish subtitles or is there any translation in progress?

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POStudios Creator
POStudios Feb 20 2013, 1:01pm replied:

It's definitely something we want to add down the line, but it seems for now that's dependent on whether or not we're greenlit.

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vmp0514 Feb 18 2013, 3:29pm says:

Hey folks, I just wanted to share my review and play session, here:


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POStudios Creator
POStudios Feb 19 2013, 6:42pm replied:

Thank you for the kind review :)

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vmp0514 Feb 19 2013, 6:53pm replied:

Thanks for taking the time to send the game and for reading the review. :)

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Cognition Episode 1: The Hangman
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